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Shifting Power: Visualizing The World's Largest Cities For The Last 6000 Years
12-25-2016, 05:30 AM,
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Shifting Power: Visualizing The World's Largest Cities For The Last 6000 Years
Shifting Power: Visualizing The World's Largest Cities For The Last 6000 Years

<p><strong>In 300 B.C., Carthage was one of the world&rsquo;s largest cities with up to 700,000 people living within its walls.</strong> The Carthaginian republic was a force to be reckoned with, controlling inconceivable amounts of wealth and land all around the Mediterranean.</p>
<p><strong>However, just over a century later in 146 B.C., Carthage was burnt to the ground by the Romans. </strong>The destruction of Carthage was so thorough that many things are still not known about their civilization today. Carthage went from being a major power to literally being wiped off of the map.</p>
<p>A few decades after the annihilation of Carthage, it was Rome&rsquo;s turn to become the world&rsquo;s largest city for close to 500 years. <strong>Of course, Rome itself would <a href="http://money.visualcapitalist.com/currency-and-the-collapse-of-the-roman-empire/">fall by 476 A.D.</a> for a variety of reasons.</strong></p>
<p>And so the title of the world&rsquo;s largest city would transfer again, this time to Constantinople across the Mediterranean.</p>
<h2><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The World&rsquo;s Largest Cities Throughout History</span></h2>
<p>In the grand scheme of history, things change quite fast. <a href="http://www.visualcapitalist.com/3-animated-maps-worlds-largest-cities-history/">As Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardins explains,</a> one cataclysmic choice or event can turn even the greatest empire into a heap of rubble. Sometimes the decline of a world-class city is more gradual &ndash; and it is over time that it loses its title to another place in a far and distant land.</p>
<p><strong>The following animated map from KPMG Demographics tracks the world&rsquo;s largest cities from 4,000 BC to today, and it shows how temporary a city&rsquo;s rise to prominence can be.</strong></p>
<p><img alt="World's Largest Cities Throughout History" src="http://2oqz471sa19h3vbwa53m33yj.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/worlds-largest-cities-throughout-history.gif" style="height: 338px; width: 600px;" /><br /><em>(Keep in mind that there is <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_cities_throughout_history">some disagreement</a> by historians over which cities were the biggest in certain time periods.)</em></p>
<p><strong>The power of industrialization and technology can be seen here. </strong>Up until the 1800s, it was almost unfathomable to have a city of more than a million inhabitants.</p>
<p>Sanitation was a major limiting factor, but other issues like transportation and a lack of density also made it a challenge. The Industrial Revolution changed that, and starting in the 1800s you see cities like London, New York, and Tokyo taking the title in an exponential fashion.<strong> It caps off with Delhi in 2050, expected to have a whopping 40 million inhabitants by that time.</strong></p>
<p><a href="http://www.visualcapitalist.com/3-animated-maps-worlds-largest-cities-history/"><em>Source: Visual Capitalist</em></a></p>


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